A good microphone for the operatic voice

Use your own brain. Do not depend on your teacher. Dame Nellie Melba – Melba Method, 1926 Since I begun my project in April to refresh my voice, affectionally named the “Lilli Lehmann Project”, I have recorded every note I have uttered. The recordings last for around one minute or so. These recordings give meContinue reading “A good microphone for the operatic voice”

Contrametric Rubato

This week I pondered over how unmusical my singing was sounding. I couldn’t understand what had gone so wrong… Then, it dawned on me. My tempi were wrong! Thus, this week, I have made the metronome a part of everything I do. This brings me to contrametric rubato. I came across an interview by aContinue reading “Contrametric Rubato”

Fun Opera Warm Up of Three Octaves

Overall, the purpose of this website is to document three years (2020 – 2023) of my studies to become a singing teacher. My rationale is that if I can’t sing to an acceptable standard then I should not become a singing teacher. This post is a series of videos that demonstrate how I warmed theContinue reading “Fun Opera Warm Up of Three Octaves”

Adapting Denes Striny’s exercises

Exactly a year ago I read and followed Denes Striny’s ideas and exercises (see my resources page for details about his wonderful books). This began my journey back to the way I had been taught by my teachers’ Beatrice Webster and Isabel Cunningham. It also led to me creating a three year project for myselfContinue reading “Adapting Denes Striny’s exercises”

Learning advanced singing for free

Recently, I traced my singing lineage back to Niccola Antonia Porpora who lived from 1686-1766. The lineage goes like this. One of Porpora’s students was Giovanni Ansani. Ansani taught Manuel Garcia I. Garcia I taught Pauline Viardot. Viardot taught Anna Schoen-René. Schoen-René taught Lucie Manén. Manén taught my teacher, Beatrice Webster. Beatrice Webster also taughtContinue reading “Learning advanced singing for free”

Tips for Cherubino’s aria “Voi che sapete”

Here is the process I have followed today to locate a shiny sound for Cherubino’s aria. I would like Cherubino to sound youthful. Accordingly, I am looking for that old fashioned bright Italian sound. I will add to this post over the next month or so until the aria is complete. Voi Che Sapete –Continue reading “Tips for Cherubino’s aria “Voi che sapete””

Equalization of the scale downwards

Let it here be noted that Lilli Lehmann’s was one of those voices known as a “soprano sfogato,” having in the head register a thin yet ethereal quality which she used to bring down into the medium as well, until it dropped naturally and often suddenly into the chest tone. This equalization of the scaleContinue reading “Equalization of the scale downwards”

Voice Characters

In previous blogs, I have demonstrated starting the note from the larynx mechanism, the pharynx, the nasal and the imposto. Here is a chance to put these ideas together to create three different voice characters. To achieve this, I have followed Lucie Manen’s book ‘The Art of Singing’ and recalled the teachings of the lateContinue reading “Voice Characters”